MITRE Hires Sam Visner as New Leader for National Cyber Center

Samuel Visner

The MITRE Corp. has named Samuel Visner as the new head of the National Cybersecurity Federally Funded Research and Development Center.

Visner, who most recently served as senior vice president for cybersecurity and resilience at ICF International, succeeds Mark Maybury, who moved on to serve as vice president and director of MITRE’s intelligence portfolios. NCF supports the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence.

“Sam’s experience developing and deploying technology-based capabilities will be a tremendous asset in our work with NIST towards measurable improvements in national cybersecurity,” said William LaPlante, senior vice president and general manager for MITRE’s national security sector. “We look forward to his leadership as NCF works to strengthen the relevance and impact of NCCoE guidance, expand partnerships with federal agencies and state and county partners to address critical cybersecurity challenges, and accelerate innovation that will lead to greater impact.”

Visner will build on NCF’s recent work, which include the publication of new practice guides hosting CyberCorps Scholarship for Service students, increasing National Cybersecurity Expert Partnerships, and enhancing partnerships with the University of Maryland, Academic Affiliation Council and NIST sponsors.

Visner has previously served as vice president and general manager of global cybersecurity at CSC, as senior vice president at SAIC, and chief of signals intelligence programs at the National Security Agency, where he received the agency’s Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2003, MITRE said.

Visner teaches as an adjunct professor of cybersecurity policy at Georgetown University, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a past member of the Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s Cybersecurity Council, and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Cyber Committee.


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